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Dates
Raised I 472; destroyed at the end of the First Age
Location
In the middle of the plain of Anfauglith
Origins
Created by Orcs at the command of Morgoth
Races
Divisions
Mainly Noldor and Edain
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Great Mound

The Hill of Slain

Map of the Great Mound
The Great Mound in Anfauglith (somewhat conjectural)1
The Great Mound in Anfauglith (somewhat conjectural)1

After the slaughter of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the desert plain of Anfauglith was filled with the bodies of the slain. Morgoth sent his Orcs to gather them together and form them into a mound that rose up like a hill in the middle of that blasted land. Grass would later grow there, making it the only green place in the wide Anfauglith. The Elves called it Haudh-en-Ndengin, 'Hill of Slain', and Haudh-en-Nirnaeth, 'Hill of Tears', but among common Men it was simply called the Great Mound.


Notes

1

The geography of the regions northward of Beleriand is not well established, and in the case of the Great Mound we have very little information to work from. Its location is described as being 'in the midst of Anfauglith' (Quenta Silmarillion 20, Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad). That could conceivably cover a vast area, so the location shown on the map is necessarily rather speculative.

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